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Winter heralds arrival of hopefuls for 2014 Fishing Classic

Craig Daley, of Lismore, with granddaughter Erin at last year’s Evans Head Fishing Classic.
Craig Daley, of Lismore, with granddaughter Erin at last year’s Evans Head Fishing Classic. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

THE bait schools are massing; the seabirds are diving; and the game fish are biting.

That can only mean one thing - winter is here, and so is the Evans Head Fishing Classic.

And once again, die-hard and casual anglers from as far as Darwin and Melbourne will be descending on Evans for a week of indulging in their favourite pastime.

Classic president Peter Leeson said fishing conditions didn't get much better.

"They're getting some bloody nice cobia out at sea, and there was a 24kg jewfish caught on the beach at Evans this week," Mr Leeson said.

"The weather is absolutely gorgeous. The sea's flat; there's not a ripple.

"We would love to see about 700-800 people here."

The kicker of the Evans Head Fishing Classic is, not only might they finish the event with some decent-sized fish (or photos of); they may also walk away with some generous prizes.

For anglers who know how to reel in a big one, a podium place on the weight leader board beckons, guaranteeing them at least free entry to next year's event. For first place, there is $1000 in cash.

Then there's the lucky raffle prizes, which anyone who enters the competition can win - even if they don't even bother fishing.

The first prize is $20,000 or a brand new car, while the second prize is an outdoor pack worth $8000.

For the youngsters, the junior competition this weekend costs $10 to join, and runs from Friday afternoon until Sunday 2pm.

There's also a Shimano fishing clinic next Wednesday at 10am, free for all kids around the back of the RSL club.

The 13- to 17-year old cadet competition kicks off tomorrow and runs till Monday, with a similar setup, and the open competition is wrapped up next Friday.

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